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1. What should I wear to my Melbourne myotherapy appointment?
It is recommended that you wear light, fitted clothing, especially if it is your first appointment. This will allow your myotherapist to assess your movement and identify any problem areas.
During your actual treatment, there’s no set rule as to whether you must undress or not. Some myotherapists report treating clients who are fully clothed, which is another reason light-weight, fitted attire (like athletic wear) is recommended. Having said that, as myotherapists may use a range of techniques ranging from massage to dry needling and cupping, being fully clothed may not always be suitable. In instances where undressing is required, you will still be required to leave your underwear (not boxers, but trunks or briefs for men) and bra on.
Where undressing is required, you can expect your myotherapist to practice ‘draping’. Draping involves the strategic placement of towels or sheets over your body so as to maintain your modesty and help you feel comfortable throughout your treatment. The draping will be shifted to allow your myotherapist to work in any specific region at any given time without leaving you feeling completely exposed.
The level of undressing may also simply depend on the focus area of your treatment. For example, if the focus area is your legs only, there’s no reason to remove your top.
2. Is myotherapy suitable for children or the elderly?
Myotherapy is suitable for most people. A practitioner in Melbourne will create a treatment plan that takes into account each client’s individual requirements and objectives. If you have any concerns or a complicated medical history, we recommend consulting your healthcare professional prior to booking your session.
3. Do I have to have dry needling as part of my treatment?
No! While your myotherapist will create a treatment plan for you, you are also a critical part of the planning process. If you don’t feel comfortable having dry needling or another technique suggested by your Melbourne myotherapy provider, please communicate this to them. They will be more than happy to discuss other treatment options with you. At the end of the day, it is your treatment plan and your health and wellbeing goals they are trying to assist you achieve.
It’s also worth noting that some people are interested in trying new things like dry needling or cupping, but just unfamiliar with the process and any self-care required after treatment. A good myotherapist will explain different techniques to you in detail and will ensure you completely understand what is involved prior to administering them to you. If you are still unclear about anything your myotherapist explains to you, ask them more questions!
4. What should I expect at my first appointment?
When you arrive at your first appointment, you may be asked to complete a questionnaire about your primary reason for booking the appointment, your lifestyle choices and overall health and wellbeing. Alternatively, you may be asked to complete this intake information prior to your appointment, or simply have a discussion with your myotherapist when you arrive. For this reason, it’s best to arrive at your appointment at least 15 minutes early.
Following your questionnaire and/or chat, you may undertake an assessment where your Melbourne myotherapist may:
- take your measurements
- test your flexibility, mobility and range of motion
- undertake functional movement checks
- assess your posture and more
Once this has been completed your therapist will take you through your treatment options and treatment plan. If you have any questions or concerns with your treatment plan or at any stage during your first appointment, we strong advise you to talk to your myotherapist.
5. How long does a myotherapy treatment take?
Myotherapy consultations typically vary from 30-75 minutes. Most first appointments will be at least 60 minutes long to ensure effective examination, assessment and treatment. Following consultations may be shorter, though some myotherapists in Melbourne prefer you to have 60 minute subsequent appointments to ensure adequate treatment. As such, this varies from practitioner to practitioner and client to client.
More details on appointment length can be found in the listings on this page.
6. Is myotherapy painful?
Myotherapy is not intended to be painful and it is advised that you alert your myotherapist at any point during your treatment should you feel uncomfortable. Your Melbourne myotherapy provider should work within your pain threshold.
It’s worth noting that some tenderness during or after the treatment may be experienced because of the release and relief provided by techniques such as massage. This is nothing to be alarmed about and you should expect any such tenderness to subside within a couple of days. Your myotherapist may recommend stretching or using heat or ice packs to reduce any discomfort. If the tenderness lasts for an extended period of time, consult with your practitioner.
Most people report feeling relaxed, refreshed and having increased mobility after their treatment.
7. I’m pregnant. Can I have myotherapy?
Yes, myotherapy can help ease pain and improve other symptoms experienced during pregnancy. New mums also find myotherapy useful. However, if you are having a complicated or high risk pregnancy, we advise you to consult your obstetrician prior to booking your appointment through Avaana.
Many myotherapists will ask for written endorsement from your healthcare practitioner prior to treatment if you are having a complicated pregnancy or in a high risk category. It is important that you are open and honest with your myotherapist to ensure bub and your wellbeing.
8. Does Medicare cover myotherapy treatment?
Unfortunately, Medicare does not currently cover myotherapy. However, myotherapy may be claimable under your private health fund’s extras cover. Be sure to check what rebates your myotherapy provider allows for if you have any concerns.
9. Do I need a referral?
No, a referral is not necessary. You can book a myotherapy appointment through Avaana with a provider in Melbourne whenever works best for you.
As mentioned above though, if you are experiencing a complicated or high risk pregnancy, it is best to receive written endorsement from your GP or obstetrician and to disclose this to your myotherapist.